A talented young apprentice from Tiverton-based HepcoMotion has been named as the Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive Student of the Year by Exeter College. Tobias Cowan’s hard work, dedication and determination resulted in him being chosen out of over 650 students to win this coveted award.
Tobias Cowan is currently a second year engineering apprentice – attending Exeter College one day a week whilst working at engineering firm HepcoMotion. The annual awards took place at Exeter’s Mercure Rougemont Hotel. Professional yachtsman Conrad Humphreys, who is an Exeter College alumnus, was the guest speaker at the gala dinner.
Andy Wells, Head of the Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive Faculty at Exeter College, said: “Toby is an outstanding student in every sense, he continues to excel on his courses and has recently gone on to study the college’s HNC in Engineering. Toby was EAA’s first SRC representative and provided the college with its first apprenticeship ambassador on the SRC. His passion for his subject and drive is exceptional and this has been shown in his determination to give other students opportunities to have a voice and to improve their own learning environments. He is proactive at college events and is a true voice for the college, this has been demonstrated by his attendance to many open events and promotional activities across the college and culminated in his joint hosting of the apprenticeship awards. Toby was recently nominated for his hard work, dedication and determination to pursue a career in manufacturing at the recent EEF Future Manufacturing Awards. He is an exceptional student with a great future.”
Commenting on Tobias’s achievement, HepcoMotion’s Group Apprentice Training Manager, Maurice Porter says, “Tobias undoubtedly deserves this award and we are pleased that his hard work, enthusiasm and dedication has been recognised. As a company we are fully committed to apprenticeships. It not only makes sound business sense but also gives us a real buzz to see our young engineers developing and succeeding.”
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